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 Post subject: !4' boat on truck rack?
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 13:50 

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Like the title says. I carry my 12' on my rack, but there are some lakes that we go to where I want the bigger boat with the larger motor.
I have a 14' Starcraft that usually sits on the trailer but with the addition of a tent trailer I would like to put the starcraft on the truck rack. Does this sound reasonable? The boat is shown in the picture.


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 Post subject: !4' boat on truck rack?
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 15:02 
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Most roof racks are only rated to ~100lbs. I'd check to make sure your roof can take it (and hold it in event of an unexpectedly sudden stop)



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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 15:17 

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is this a possibility instead ?
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roof racking big things like canoes etc always made me nervous.... too much air moving fast past a big metal kite.... A rack like that would be a lot less heavy lifting, more secure, and less worries imo...


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 Post subject: !4' boat on truck rack?
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 16:05 
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Is that your setup? That looks sweet!



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 Post subject: !4' boat on truck rack?
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 16:17 

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No, I remembered seeing it online when I was facing the same hard choices about camping and fishing. I actually went the other way and made the truck the camper.... Lots more info here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54714192@N07/


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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2016, 18:20 
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here in Florida (Touristville) I see a LOT of truck/car/boat/camper configurations.

do you have a photo of your 12footer on the roof rack ?



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PostPosted: 17 Sep 2016, 16:17 

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Is this roof racks that come with the truck or are these after market that slip into the bed of a Pick up truck? If the 2nd option it won't be much of a problem at all. If standard roof racks you may do the boat but have to store the engine in the rear of the truck.


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PostPosted: 17 Sep 2016, 22:28 
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We have lots of truck rack configurations here, but after trying it I decided my "lite" 15' jon was too heavy to lift onto my truck rack and bought a trailer. Ultra-lite 10' jon is no problem though.



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 Post subject: !4' boat on truck rack?
PostPosted: 19 Sep 2016, 12:06 

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Crazyboat wrote:
Is this roof racks that come with the truck or are these after market that slip into the bed of a Pick up truck? If the 2nd option it won't be much of a problem at all. If standard roof racks you may do the boat but have to store the engine in the rear of the truck.


It is a home made rack. I've pretty much decided against it at this point. I was feeling very uncomfortable given the weight and the current rack that I have and decided to trust my gut, given the potential negative consequences of getting it wrong. I think I will wait until I have a heavier duty rack that extends over the cab of the truck.

Thanks for all the replies :)


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 Post subject: !4' boat on truck rack?
PostPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 17:34 
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good call - you are widely supported in your decisions

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I don't know your domestic situation . . . .
my father made a 12' plywood boat back in the '50s
powered by a 10hp Scott-Attwater outboard and they
fixed it up with a tarp/tent for camping out of it.
They traveled literally hundreds and hundreds of miles
in that flimsy thing but it worked for them.......
when my brothers and I were old enough to share with them,
my Dad bought a 14ft '59 Crestliner with a 35hp Johnson and we had a big tent.
I have some very fond memories of those boating/camping trips.

That may be an option (tent camping) to explore with your family



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